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Walkable Attractions at Carolina

July 19, 2022

By: Gabriela Duncan, Summer 2022 Marketing Intern

Although first-years are not allowed to have cars on campus, there is no shortage of accessible locations on campus to explore by walking or taking the Point 2 Point (P2P) bus from your residence hall. 

Ackland Art Museum 

Located right next to Top Of The Hill on South Columbia Street, the Ackland Art Museum is completely FREE and has a new exhibit every few months! 

Varsity Theater 

The Varsity Theater is a Chapel Hill classic located on East Franklin Street in-between Lightyears and the Blue Horn Lounge. It is a wonderful place to go if you want to watch movies for a much lower price than at other theaters! One of my favorite events at the Varsity Theater is the Rocky Horror Picture Show every Halloweekend. If that interests you, get your tickets in the Pit right away when it's time to because it sells out fast! 

Carolina Basketball Museum 

This one is not as well-known as the others, surprisingly! The Carolina Basketball Museum is located on Skipper Bowles Drive next to the Dean Smith Center and the Koury Natatorium. It is within walking distance from many of the first-year residence halls. This museum has everything you could dream of regarding Carolina Basketball, including Coach K’s famous letter to Michael Jordan. 

Morehead Planetarium 

This place is SO COOL! Even if you are not super into space, you will be after a visit here. As a UNC student, you are offered admission for a discounted price when you bring your One Card. A fun fact that many might not know about the Morehead Planetarium is that between 1959 and 1975, nearly every astronaut who participated in the Mercury, Gemini, Apollo, Skylab, and Apollo-Soyuz programs trained here! 

Coker Arboretum 

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This location is right on campus by Spencer Residence Hall! It is a beautiful place to walk around, take pretty pictures, and take in the beauty of the beautiful flowers around you. Better yet, it is free! 

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